Friday, 25 February 2011

How Gaddafi's Words Get Lost In Translation

By Oliver Miles Former British ambassador to Libya

Oratory is out of fashion with us - no longer do our statesmen hold the House of Commons in thrall for eight hours at a go. But Mr Gaddafi is also a bad joke throughout the Arab world outside Libya. How can that be? Continue

Why the Outcome of Bahrain's Unrest Matters

By Stratfor

The outcome of government-opposition negotiations in Bahrain is geopolitically more significant than the turmoil in Libya. Continue

Chomsky : 'Stability, A Cold Code Word With US'

Press TV Interview

I think that the United States and its European allies will do everything they can to prevent full flourishing democracy in Egypt for exactly the reason I mentioned. Continue

Egypt/Turkey-Israel: ‘A Clean Break’

By Eric Walberg.

Israel’s plan was still to replace the Ottoman Turks of yore as the local imperial power. The Arab nations (prepared by British imperial divide-and-conquer and local-strongman policies) would be kept divided, weak, dependent now on Israel to ensure safe access to oil. Continue

Working Around America: A New Strategy on Israel/Palestine

By Jeff Halper

The UN vote demonstrates the great potential in organizing beyond the US, although it remains to be seen whether the PA is capable of pushing its case beyond the confines of American patronage, or having the courage to do so. Continue

Behind the Arab Revolt is a Word We Dare Not Speak

By John Pilger

John Pilger examines the imperial force that has preserved an unfree Middle East and whose true political nature is rarely uttered, except occasionally by those who have known it from within. Continue

In Case You Missed It
The War on Democracy

John Pilger Documentary

"The film tells a universal story," says Pilger. It allows us to understand the true nature of the so-called war on terror". Continue

Crushing Workers in Wisconsin Has National Effects

By Laura Flanders

So that’s what they mean by from welfare to work. First you go force the poorest Americans into the workforce, then you go after their bargaining power. Wisconsin has long been the eye of this storm. Continue

Welcome To America
TSA Harassing And Searching A 9 Year Old


There were about 14 agents pulling people inside the building and corralling everyone in a roped area AFTER you got OFF THE TRAIN. Continue

NATO Kills '62 Afghan civilians’: A recent Nato air strike in an eastern Afghanistan valley killed at least 62 civilians including women and children, an Afghan government investigation said on Thursday.
NATO occupation forces kill 5 Afghan civilians : The dead included a father, his 12-year-old son and 13-year-old nephew, Omari said.
4 killed in an attack on NATO convoy in Pakistan: Militants in Pakistan attacked tankers bringing fuel to NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Friday, killing four people in the latest strike on an important supply line to the Western-led war.
CIA man's double-murder hearing adjourned until March 3 after he refuses to sign charge sheet: Lahore, Feb 25 : A Pakistani court hearing in the trial of US official Raymond Davis in the double-murder case has been adjourned until March 3.
Bin Laden against attacks on civilians, deputy says: I and my brothers in al Qaeda distance ourselves … from such operations and condemn them,” Ayman al-Zawahri said in an audio recording.
Death toll in fighting for Zawiyah 23 as Gaddafi loyalists launch counter-attack: Gaddafi loyalists attacked anti-government militias controlling Misrata, Libya’s third-biggest city, and killed several people in fighting near the city’s airport.
Troops kill Tripoli protesters as revolt swells: Pro-Gaddafi forces opened fire after hundreds of people in the Janzour district in western Tripoli started a protest march after Friday prayers, a resident, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters in an email.
Gaddafi addresses crowd in Tripoli: Video: "We can defeat any aggression if necessary and arm the people," Gaddafi said, in footage that was aired on Libyan state television on Friday.
Live Blog - Libya Feb 25: Al-Jazeera: As the uprising in Libya enters its eleventh day, we keep you updated on the developing situation
Manufacturing Consent For Occupation Of Libya: Libya: NATO To Hold Emergency Meeting Of North Atlantic Council: "I will meet with EU Defence Ministers and discuss with them how we, in a pragmatic way, can help those in need and limit the consequences of these events.”
Manufacturing Consent For Occupation Of Libya: Back the Libyans: The Arab League should authorize military intervention to stop the killing
'Gaddafi's son joins Libyan protesters': According to the reports, Saif al-Arab, Gaddafi's youngest son, who was sent by his father to cooperate with Libyan security forces in the massive crackdown on pro-democracy protesters joined forces with the demonstrators in the eastern city of Benghazi on Thursday.
Putin warns West on North Africa democracy-building: - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin cautioned the West Thursday that attempts to meddle in the rebellions of the Arab world may sweep extremists to power.
19 killed in Iraq's 'Day of Rage' protests: Despite pleas by the government and Shiite religious leaders for Iraqis to stay home, demonstrators gathered by the hundreds and thousands from Basra in the south to Mosul and Kirkuk in the north.
Family of six killed in Iraq attack : Six members of one family were killed when unknown gunmen attacked their house Friday, security sources said.
Iraqi shoe thrower rearrested ahead of planned protest: The Iraqi journalist who was arrested back in 2008 for throwing a shoe at George W. Bush, has been put in jail again, this time for supporting Egypt-style protests in Baghdad:
What you won’t read in the mainstream press regarding Iraq’s “National Day of Rage”: Let the world know what is happening in Iraq.
Study says US wasted billions in Iraq, Afghanistan: The "Commission on Wartime Contracting" report found that losses to fraud alone in both war zones could be as high as $12 billion.
6 peacekeepers killed in Somalia: - Somali rebels killed six Burundian peacekeepers during an offensive against insurgents, Burundi's army said on Thursday, one of the force's heaviest losses in a single day.
Renewed fighting erupts in Mogadishu: Fresh fighting broke out in Mogadishu on Friday as pro-government forces and their African Union backers continued an offensive against Al Qaeda-linked Shebab Islamists, sources said.
Nine injured as protests continue in Yemen: At least nine people were wounded after security forces opened fire at anti-government protesters in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden Friday, witnesses said.
Thousands stage anti-government protest in Bahrain: Tens of thousands of mainly Shi'ite Bahrainis gathered in Manama on Friday, declared as a day of mourning by the government, in one of the biggest anti-government protests since unrest erupted 10 days ago.
Dispatch: Why the Outcome of Bahrain's Unrest Matters: From the point of view of Saudi Arabia, an empowerment of the Shia in Bahrain will likely energize their own Shia population, which is concentrated in the eastern province, which is an oil-rich area not too far from the border with Bahrain.
Thousands in Egypt call for replacement of caretaker premier: The thousands gathered in Tahrir Square and in other Egyptian cities ignored calls by the military, now in control of the country, to halt protests. Activists have been calling on 1 million people to continue gathering in Cairo's 'liberation' square every Friday until their demands are met.
Egypt: How the mighty have fallen: For the first time in three decades, the public is starting to believe that the law is being applied to all and that no one is above the law.
Jordan sees biggest reform rally: Fearing a repeat of last Friday's violent clashes, more than 3,000 police were deployed in the city centre for this week's so-called day of anger.
Jordan launches electoral reform: Jordan's government said Thursday it had set up a committee tasked with overhauling the country's electoral law in a bid to appease protesters calling for greater political choice.
Israeli jets hit occupied Gaza after Palestinian rocket attack: The overnight air raids came hours after a member of the Palestinian resistance was killed and 10 others injured in clashes with the Israeli occupation forces .
Merkel chides Netanyahu for failing to make 'a single step to advance peace': In a tense telephone call, PM tells German chancellor that he was disappointed by Germany's vote at UN, but assures her he intends to launch new peace plan soon; Merkel reportedly did not believe Netanyahu, saying he disappointed her.
U.S. lawmaker, Syria's Assad working to renew peace talks with Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, opposes the plan
Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: UN concern over 'military angle to Iran nuclear plan': In a report obtained by news agencies, the IAEA said Tehran was "not engaging with the agency in substance on issues concerning the allegation that Iran is developing a nuclear payload for its missile programme".
Ivorian rebels seize western town: Ivory Coast rebels take the town of Zouan-Hounien in the west, as the UN warns that the country may be heading towards civil war.
UK: Thousands of soldiers to be trained to run prisons as the Government prepares for strikes: Soldiers will run prisons if guards go on strike as part of protests against public sector cuts, it was revealed today.

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